History lesson
Dec 27, 2016 | 17594 views | 1 1 comments | 1319 1319 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

State Senator Tony Avella has forgotten his transit history when promising to introduce legislation in January that would transfer control of the agency's subway and bus divisions from the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority to New York City.

Avella, other elected officials, MTA management and board members have long forgotten that buried within the 1953 master agreement between the City of New York and NYC Transit is an escape clause.

New York City has the legal right at any time to take back control of its assets without authorizing legislative action from Albany. This includes the subway and bus systems.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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Pedro Valdez Rivera
January 12, 2017
Of course: Since all of the bus and subway service are within the NYC city limits, NYC can just take these away from the NYS and progressively extend the system as they pleased. If only they have the money to subsidize these in its entirely live over a half a century ago?